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Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome AleSamuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale

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83
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1,742 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,742
Reviews: 1,072
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 20
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-29-2001)
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice-looking 550 mL bottle. Late November seems like a good time for the first warmer of the season, at least if you happen to be a victim of Canadian weather.

Pours a beautiful bright, clear amber-orange colour, topped with a bit more than a finger of frothy white head. It takes a few minutes to die down to a soapy film, leaving delicate webs of lacing on the sides of the glass. This is a very good-looking pint of beer. The aroma is nice, but kind of faint. Very malty, with toffee and butterscotch, as well as some very light spice.

On the tongue there are definite hints of spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger, but they are just that - hints. This leaves plenty of room for the tasty biscuit malts, toffee and various fruity esters (ranging from banana to cherry to plum) to come through. This is in addition to the solid, earthy, Fuggle-y hop presence that becomes stronger in the finish, and leaves a light dryness on the palate afterward alongside faint cinnamon spiciness. Medium-bodied, fairly soft-feeling in the mouth but with a firm carbonated bite. I would not have placed this at 6% abv in a blind test; more like 5 or under.

This is the first English-made warmer I have had, and the spices are not nearly as prominent as in its North American brethren. I appreciate that immensely - as a general rule I don't mind a little spice in my beer but I tend to believe a little goes a long way as far as these ingredients are concerned. This beer seems to come from that same school of thought, and so it should not be surprising that I find this to be the perfect light sipper for an evening by the fireplace. There is little doubt I will be picking this up again before the season is over. Something most ESB fans will appreciate, even if lovers of the spicy American warmers probably won't.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 08:11:10 | More by thehyperduck
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Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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